Born on Novembar 20, 1942, Biden grew up in Scranton in northeast Pennsylvania long before he ascended to one of the country’s most exalted political positions. His father was Joseph Biden Sr. the cleaning furnaces and used-car salesman. And Catherine Eugenia was his mum, “Jean” Finnegan.
Biden credits his folks for instilling courage, hard work and perseverance in him. He often recalled his father would say to him, ‘Champ, a man’s measure was not how many times he’s crashed but how quickly he gets up.’ And when he’d get home, sullen because one of the bigger kids in the neighbourhood had him intimidated or bullied, his mum also told him, ‘Bloody their nose so you can walk down the street morrow.
In Scranton, Biden attended St. Paul’s Primary School. At the age of 13, 1955, the family moved to Mayfield, Delaware – a fast-growing neighbourhood in the middle-class, sustained mainly by the nearby chemical firm DuPont.
Biden battled with a speech impediment as a boy, and kids called him ‘Dash’ and ‘Joe Impedimenta,’ teasing him. Through memorizing lengthy passages of poetry and reciting them loudly before a mirror, Biden would eventually overcome his stutter.
Before Biden was admitted into the prestigious Archmere Academy, he attended the St. Helena School. Biden had to work washing the school windows and weeding the gardens, he dreamed of going to Archmere Academy, which he named “the object of my deepest desire, my Oz.” And beside delivering solid academic performances at Archmere, Biden was a stand-out football receiver despite his height. his coach had this to say: “He was a skiny kid, but he was one of the best pass reicievres I’ve had in 16 years as coach.” Biden graduated from the Archmere program in 1961
Who is Joe Biden?
Before turning to politics, Joe Biden worked briefly as a lawyer. He is the fifth-youngest American senator in history and the longest-serving Delaware senator. He never gained traction in his 2008 presidential campaign but was chosen as running-mate by Democrat candidate Barack Obama and Biden would serve two terms as the U.S. 47th vice President. Obama awarded Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom towards the end of his presidency in 2017. Biden initiated his U.S. presidential bid two years later and was elected the 46th president.
Law School, College, & Marriage
At the nearby University of Delaware, Biden pursued history and political science and played football as well. Biden then admitted that he had far more interests in football, girls and parties than academics during his first two years at college. However, during these years, he also developed a deep political interest, influenced in some ways by John F. Kennedy’s inspiring inauguration in 1961.
During his junior year, Biden met Neilia Hunter, a student at Syracuse University, in his own words, “fell ass over tin cup in love — at first sight.” Inspired by his new love, he became more interested in his studies and, after graduating from Delaware, he was accepted at the Syracuse University Law School in 1965. Next year, in 1966, Biden and Hunter married.
At best, Biden was a mediocre student of law. He failed a class fro failing to quote a reference to an article on the law review in his first year in Syracuse. Though he insisted it was accidental supervision, later in his career, the incident would haunt him.
Biden moved to Wilmington, Delaware, after graduating from the law school in 1968 to start working in a law firm. In 1970, following his active involvement with the Democratic Party, he was elected to the New Castle County Council. Biden also started his law firm while serving as a councilman in 1971.
Besides his increasingly busy work, Biden had three kids: Joseph “Beau” (born 1969), Robert “Hunter” (born 1970) and Naomi “Amy” (born in 1971). Biden told of his life at that time, “Everything happened faster than I planned.
In 1972, the Democratic Party of Delaware encouraged a 29-year-old Biden to contend against famous Republican J. Caleb Boggs for the U.S. Senate. Though few believed Biden had any chance, Biden led an untiring campaign coordinated mainly by his family members with his sister Valerie Biden Owens acted as his campaign manager. Both of his parents campaigned every day. In a close race with a high turnout that November, Biden won an upheaval becoming the country’s fifth youthful U.S. senator.
2020 Election Win
The race was too tight to call the next day with some states counting mail-in ballots well past the polling stations’ closure on November 3, 2020. But with Biden’s declarations of victory in Wisconsin and Michigan along with news of his lead in Arizona, Nevada and Georgia, the tide started to shift in his favour. In the meantime, President Trump lodged a series of suits claiming electoral irregularities and trying to suspend counting in the battleground states.
Biden was declared 46th president-elect after winning Pennsylvania on November 7, 2020, four days after election day. The soon-to-be 78 years old was set to become the oldest President in the country’s history, along with a record 81 million votes over.
“America, I’m honoured that you have chosen me to lead our great country,” tweeted Biden. “It’s going to be hard work ahead of you, but I promise you this: I’m going to be President for all the Americans, whether you vote for me or not.
All 538 electors at the Electoral College cast their ballots on December 14, 2020, formalizing Biden’s win over President Trump in 2020. 306 votes were given to Biden, and 232 to Trump. Though Biden was continuing to select Cabinet members and other personnel, his transition efforts were initially hampered by the General Services Authority’s head, Emily Murphy. The latter was until November 23 unwilling to release federal funding for the process.